How your Council Tax and Business Rates are spent

This is part of the statutory billing information we must provide in accordance with Council Tax and non-domestic rating regulations.

Your Council Tax helps to fund our work in improving outcomes for the people of North Lincolnshire. Council Tax covers just under half the cost of providing services.

Business Rates, Government grants and service charges fund the rest.

We set the Council Tax once a year and bills are issued every March.

We want our area to be the #BestPlace for our residents.

We have three priorities to realise this ambition. These are included in our Council Plan.

We also want to be the #BestCouncil that we can be for our residents and we want everyone to be safe, well, prosperous and connected.

By engaging with you better and working together we can realise this ambition.

Our priorities

Why it is important

  • To achieve a more prosperous North Lincolnshire
  • To help us to invest further in communities
  • To create jobs and opportunities for everyone

Taking action – we will:

  • Market North Lincolnshire as a place to live, work, visit and invest
  • Lead partnership working with businesses
  • Invest in town centres including securing funding from government
  • Provide space for businesses and population to grow through new commercial and housing developments
  • Strive for higher education standards and skills
  • Host key events to celebrate the best of what North Lincolnshire has to offer

Why it is important

  • The safety and wellbeing of residents is our primary purpose
  • To achieve a better quality of life for residents
  • So people can live well for longer

Taking action – we will:

  • Continue to work hard to keep people safe
  • Lead partnership working across North Lincolnshire to promote wellbeing and improve health outcomes for everyone
  • Prioritise the most vulnerable
  • Provide cleaner and greener space for people to enjoy and use

Why it is important

  • To achieve communities that are better connected
  • Strong communities create neighbourhoods where people are proud to live, get on well together and support each other
  • So people experience improved wellbeing

Taking action – we will:

  • Design services that enable you to have more choice and control in how you interact with us
  • Enable our communities to become more involved in community life
  • Engage in new conversations about the things that matter most to you
  • Invest through our capital programme to improve community facilities

Success in the three main priority areas would not be possible without an effective and efficient core. Costs of running the business include investment in operational facilities and community infrastructure; professional services such as Finance and IT; and support for the democratic process.

The graphic below shows how your Council Tax contributes to delivering the outcomes we want for local people. This includes services which are required by law, such as social care, and others which provide a real public benefit, like leisure. The analysis shows how much of a Band A Council Tax charge is spent in each area.

Pictorial representation of how Band A Council Tax is spent Text version below.

Safe and well

Safe adults and children £424
Good health and wellbeing £59

Flourishing communities

Cleaner, greener, and safer spaces and environments £87
Safe places and  safe communities £10
Vibrant leisure and culture £25
Quality housing £5
Excellent education £30
Thriving communities £5

Growing the economy

Safe roads, better road and rail £24
Accessible transport £47
Growing business, skills and childcare £6

Running the business

Members and leadership £21
Professional advice £69
Maintaining assets £56
Customer access, taxation and benefits £9
Financing £79
Pensions, insurance and levies £55

How we will spend our budget in 2020/21

Pie chart showing revenue investments 2020-21

Our revenue investment of £152.1m is for the cost of running services. It will deliver the priorities shown below:

  • Keeping people safe and well £68.7m
  • Enabling communities to flourish £25.1m
  • Growing the economy £7.8m
  • Running the business (organisation) £24.8m
  • Running the business (technical) £21.2m
  • Inflationary provisions £4.4m
Pie chart showing capital investments 2020-21

Our capital investment of £39.4m is for buildings and infrastructure. It will deliver the priorities shown below:

  • Keeping people safe and well £0.5m
  • Enabling communities to flourish £7.4m
  • Growing the economy £25.9m
  • Organisational enablers £5.7m

The revenue budget provides for increases in our Cost Base to meet growing need and rising costs. It has offset these extra costs as far as possible by service redesign and demand management. This means it has been able to set a balanced budget with spending matched to the available funding.

Total budget 2019/20                                                £143.2m

  • Local demographics and activity levels £3.4m
  • Inflation £5.8m
  • Technical cost adjustment £0.4m
  • Other adjustments £2.0m
  • Delivering the Council Plan and sustainability £-2.7m

Total budget 2020/21                                                £152.1m     

The council approved a revenue investment budget by priority area, which can be seen below.

  • Keeping people safe and well
    • 2019/20 budget £62.5m
    • 2020/21 gross spending £89.2m
    • 2020/21 income £20.4m
    • 2020/21 budget £68.7m
  • Enabling communities to flourish
    • 2019/20 budget £25m
    • 2020/21 gross spending £49m
    • 2020/21 income £23.9m
    • 2020/21 budget £25.1m
  • Growing the economy
    • 2019/20 budget £8.2m
    • 2020/21 gross spending £28.1m
    • 2020/21 income £20.3m
    • 2020/21 budget £7.8m
  • Running the business (organisation)
    • 2019/20 budget £19.7m
    • 2020/21 gross spending £64.9m
    • 2020/21 income £40.1m
    • 2020/21 budget £24.8
  • Running the business (technical)
    • 2019/20 budget £23.1m
    • 2020/21 gross spending £23.4m
    • 2020/21 income £2.3m
    • 2020/21 budget £21.2m
  • Inflationary provisions
    • 2019/20 budget £4.6m
    • 2020/21 gross spending £4.4m
    • 2020/21 income £0.0m
    • 2020/21 budget £4.4m
  • Total council budget
    • 2019/20 budget £143.2m
    • 2020/21 gross spending £259m
    • 2020/21 income £107m
    • 2020/21 budget £152.1m

Your Council Tax helps to fund our work in improving outcomes for the people of North Lincolnshire. Council Tax provides just under half of the total cost of providing services. Business Rates, Government grants and service charges are also used to fund the work of the council.

Settlement Funding Assessment
2019/20   38.7m     2020/21 39.4m

Anticipated growth in Business Rates and growth
2019/20     8.4m     2020/21   9.2m

Use of reserves
2019/20     1.3m     2020/21   1.9m

NNDR: levy account surplus allocation
2019/20     0.5m     2020/21   0.0m

New Homes Bonus Grant
2019/20     0.7m     2020/21   0.4m

Collection Fund surplus
2019/20     2.7m     2020/21   3.5m

Other grants
2019/20   18.0m     2020/21 21.4m

Council Tax requirement
2019/20   72.7m     2020/21 76.2m

Total funding
2019/20 143.2m     2020/21 £152.1m

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